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Get your start button back

  1. #1

    Posts : 993
    Windows 8 pro Retail

    Get your start button back

    Get your start button back
    Well, there is no need to fret about that anymore. Thanks to a heads-up from okorsal, we can show you a simple Registry tweak that will restore the familiar Windows Desktop complete with the Windows 7-style Start Menu. (Thanks also to for publishing the tweak.)
    Registry tweak

    Note: This is strictly a tip designed for the Windows 8 Developerís Preview build of the operating system. It is likely that this tip will not apply to the retail version of Windows 8.
    First, start regedit. In Windows 8, if you are in the Metro Interface, you can just type r e g e d i t and that application will appear in the search.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ExplorerDouble-click the key labeled: RPEnabled as shown in Figure B.
    Figure B

    Double-click RPEnabled.

    When the Edit DWORD comes up (Figure C), change the Value Data from 1 to zero and click OK

    Thatís it. Now, when you click the Start Menu on the Windows 8 Desktop you will get the old Start Menu you know an love rather than the tiled screen Microsoft is hoping you will want to know, and still have the Metro desktop interface.

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  2. #2

    Posts : 2,159
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Did it on the office PC. It works, Mike. Thanks.

    At home I did it differently few days ago based on Shawn's tutorial.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8

    Just downloaded the 30-day trial version and received this from Norton virus scan - flagged as a threat and removed!!

    Full Path: c:\users\merlen\downloads\start8-setup.exe
    Threat: WS.Reputation.1
    On computers as of Not Available
    Last Used 04-11-2012 at 19:41:58
    Startup Item No
    Launched No
    Number of users in the Norton Community that have used this file: Unknown
    This file release is currently not known.
    This file risk is medium.
    Threat Details
    Threat type: Insight Network Threat. There are many indications that this file is untrustworthy and therefore not safe
    ____________________________ Downloaded File start8-setup.exe
    Threat name:
    WS.Reputation.1 from
    File Actions
    File: c:\users\merlen\downloads\start8-setup.exe
    File Thumbprint - SHA:
    File Thumbprint - MD5:
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  4. #4

    Posts : 4
    Windows 8

    I use Start8 no problems what so ever. The file is safe. I use Malwarebytes and McAfee. Either way, I'm keeping it. Brings everything back I love about windows 7
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